AuthorRobert Chambers
Property law ha s a fearsome reputation, which is only partly deserved.
Every subject has its own specialist vocabular y, but property has more
than its fai r share. It is f‌illed with terms like fee simple est ate, mortgage,
and incorporeal hereditament, which are sti ll in use today but derive
their meaning from laws and conditions that existed in England in
centuries past. It can be dicult to see beyond the complexity to gra sp
the coherent structure of the subject. This book is intended to prov ide
an accessible and enjoyable introduction to the law of property that
will help the reader underst and both the subject as a whole and its f‌iner
I f‌irst studied property law as an LLB student in the 1980s before
the internet age. We spent long hours reading badly photocopied cases,
trying to decipher not just the meaning of strange words but the actual
words themselves. I strug gled to make sense of it. For much of that year,
property law seemed an overwhelming jumble of antiques and I could
see no pattern or structure to t hem. Fortu nately, it began to make sen se
shortly before the f‌inal exam or I would have had a dierent career.
It has been my great priv ilege to teach property for the past twenty-
f‌ive years in Melbourne, Edmonton, London, and now in Kamloops.
It is so rewarding to see students unravel its mysteries and come to
enjoy and perhaps even love — a subject they once feared. This book
has been shaped by those experiences.
There are many dierent ways to approach property law and t here is
a wide variety of syllabu ses used in property law courses acros s Canada

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